Juan Rivera gets life sentence without parole for sexually abusing, killing and dumping the body of 6-year-old Jadianna Larsen in May 2015. The girl’s charred body was found in rural Glenn County. Her death came after years of abuse and neglect.
Senate Bill 1279 would limit sentences for felony convictions to twice the base term. Supporters say it would simplify California’s complex sentencing laws. Law enforcement argues it would rob some victims of justice.
Central Valley Democrats seeking House seats have drawn major financial support from Silicon Valley and San Francisco, helping them keep pace with Republican incumbents, who can attract big checks from political action committees and other special interests.